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Vision for a healthy Basin Draining away...


Inland Rivers Network concerns that the opportunity to secure a healthy future for the Murray-Darling Basin through the Basin Plan are draining away have been intensified as reports that the Murray-Darling Basin Authority is considering proposals for returning much lower volumes than the environment requires have emerged.

Craig Knowles, Chair of the Basin Authority, has recently tried to emphasise the role that environmental science has played in developing the proposed volumes that will form part of the draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan. However, it has just been reported in other media that the MDBA is looking at returning 2800 gigalitres per year of water to the environment, a figure far below what the best available science has shown is required for a sustainable Basin.

In order to secure the health of the environmental assets in the NSW part of the Basin alone, which includes incredibly precious places like the Macquarie Marshes and the Central Murray red gum forests, more than 2800 gigalitres of water is needed. The best available science shows that 4000 gigalitres per year is the minimum volume of water required to keep the Murray-Darling river systems functioning – and people living in the Basin and communities on the coast all need them to function.

Read full media release here.

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